Joleen Ong is a human rights and sustainability professional working to improve conditions throughout the value
Joleen Ong is a human rights and sustainability professional working to improve conditions throughout the value chain. As Sustainable Manufacturing Manager at Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), she leads its supply chain sustainability program focused on improving factory performance and climate action to reduce its manufacturing carbon footprint. Prior to this role, Joleen was the social responsibility lead for Columbia’s Licensing Corporate Responsibility program, working to improve the social performance of its indirect supply chain factory partners. At CSC, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative Employee Resource Group to increase employee engagement around women’s leadership at the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Prior to CSC, Joleen worked in the nonprofit sector for Social Accountability International (SAI). She established SAI’s first communications strategy and supported the development of initiatives focused on gender equity in the Indian garment sector, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, Global Living Wage Benchmarks, and establishment of the Centre for Responsible Business in India.
Originally from New York, she earned her Master’s degree from the New School in Nonprofit and Sustainability Management. She is a published writer on the topic of human rights and edited two award winning short documentaries. In 2021, she joined the Board of Days for Girls International.